September 11, 2010
It is a pleasant sunny Saturday as I head out of Dunkirk, New York. I pass a small vineyard and Woodberry Winery. At mile 8, I arrive in the town of Silver Creek. I am riding on busy, congested US 5/20. I pass by Valvo’s Store, known for its candy, statues and collectables. If you need a fountain, birdbath, pillars or religious statuary this is the place. While you’re there, don’t forget the box of chocolates.
I ride by lonely looking strip malls, I think everyone’s at Aunt Millies Family Restaurant down the street. A large motorcycle brigade roars by. The bikes are all decorated with American flags in remembrance of those who lost their lives nine years ago by senseless acts of terrorism.
The big town of Evans is bustling with activity. They are celebrating their ninth annual Derby Fair. I am tempted to stop and join in the fun. I turn off US 5/20 onto quiet Lake Shore Road. I ride on a narrow two-lane road by big beautiful houses lining the lake. Wrought iron gates and tall green hedges separate me from a view of Lake Erie.
When I see the lake again, I have a view of the Buffalo skyline in the distance. Just south of the city, massive wind turbines sit where old steel plants use to reign. I turn back onto US 5 east and ride by businesses and more lake houses. My route takes me into Athol Springs and then into the city of Buffalo.
At Maritime Park in downtown Buffalo, I jump on the Riverwalk bike path. I pedal along the shoreline of Lake Erie, which eventually becomes the east branch of the Niagara River. The area is teeming with people walking, fishing, boating and just enjoying the view. My route takes me on another bike path to Delaware Park where it ends and our layover begins.
We spent a delightful layover day with our family in Buffalo. My mother-in-law Virginia, Rodge’s brother Warren and his sister Sue and her family were there to greet us and to make us welcome. Thanks all for the wonderful time!